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African American Documents

Government documents about African American history and culture.

Crucial Documents

These are the documents which had a profound effect on the lives of countless African Americans. From the Emancipation Proclamation made by President Lincoln, which freed slaves in the secessionist southern states, to the Kerner Commission report, which relayed the dismal effect racism and discrimination had on urban communities. These crucial documents often take the form of Presidential actions such as executive orders.

More Presidential sources can be found using our Presidential Papers Guide [Available HERE, for now].